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Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise is in Maternal, Child and Family and in the broader context of health and wellbeing.  In my early research career, my expertise was mainly in the quantitative type study eg randomised controlled trial of antenatal exercise during and following pregnancy.  In recent years my research work has become more focussed on mixed methods and qualitative studies to address the numerous exploratory and evaluative studies commissioned by the NHS funders.  Therefore my expertise now comfortably spans across the continuum of qualitative and quantitative paradigms.  Methodologies include phenomenology, grounded theory, participatory action research, case study, survey evaluation, mixed methods and RCTs.

I am currently involved in several studies focussing on clinical leadership and workforce development.  All mainly related to the implementation of policy initiatives into everyday practice in the NHS and how this has impacted on the workforce, and outcomes for patients, carers and families. I have also been involved in a successful international interdisciplinary funded study in Malawi where the nutrients in the soil, crops were linked to the nutritional status of pregnant and postnatal women in villages in Malawi. 


Key topic areas of expertise: antenatal and postnatal psychological wellbeing, physical activity during pregnancy, breastfeeding peer support, clinical leadership in nursing, effective nursing and interdisciplinary teams, ‘early years’ team working, values and competency based interview skills in recruitment for the NHS workforce.

I have expertise in presenting at national and international conferences.  This has included the international psychological Society Conference, Berlin and Melbourne, World Nursing Conference, Singapore in 2015, World Health Conference, Istanbul 2015, International Confederation of Midwives Conference, 2005 Brisbane and 2009 Glasgow.  Conference presentations scheduled for 2016 include World Nursing Conference, Singapore, World Health Organisation Conference, Glasgow, European Public Health Conference, Denmark, Nurse Education Today Conference Cambridge and European Conference for Midwives, London.  Conference symposium scheduled for 2017 include International Confederation of Midwives Conference, Toronto.

Currently I have a diverse range of postgraduate research doctoral and MRES studies.  This includes international and interdisciplinary research.  At present I am Director of Studies for 8 PhD students and 5 MRES students and in total I am on 18 supervision teams.  Research supervision is the preferred aspect of my role.

Current research activities

I am currently involved in several streams of work covering a broad area of nursing, midwifery and within the wider context of health and wellbeing. This includes:

UWS and NHS Collaborations

UWS and NHS Lanarkshire

  • Best Possible Start £460,000: This project based on the Scottish Government initiative ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ has been running now for four years and due to be completed by the end of 2016.  Research studies (all with ethical approval and R&D approval) have included:
  1. An initial learning needs analysis with health visitors, staff nurses, midwives, neonatal nurses and child protection staff with a two year follow up study.
  2. The Effectiveness of the Universal Pathway: A qualitative study.  This involved exploring the experiences of prospective and new parents into the midwives and health visitors support for information giving, motivational interviewing to promote positive parenting, positive relationships, and positive lifestyle choices and behavioural change.  This also includes strength and asset based approaches to care and person-centred ness.
  3. Preconceptual care – this study is ongoing and involves a qualitative approach to gain viewpoints and experiences of prospective parents (healthy and with long term medical conditions) in relation to the information and care expected prior to pregnancy.


  • Leading Better Care (£1.2 million): This project is in line with the national initiative ‘Leading Better Care’ and has been ongoing now for four years and due to be completed by April 2017.  Research studies (all with ethical approval and R&D approval) have included:
  1. Values and Competency based Interviews for selection and recruitment of NHS Workforce
  2. The supervisory role of the Senior Charge Nurses (initial study + follow up study)
  3. Community Nurse Development Framework


  • The Effectiveness of Patient Safety Collaborative in Acute Services (£30,000)
  1. Focus group with leads from each patient safety workstream (commenced July 2016)
  2. Semi-structured interviews with Senior management (to be commenced)
  3. Semi-structured interviews with Teams in acute hospitals (i.e. Hairmyres, Monklands and Wishaw) (to be commenced)


UWS and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

This feasibility study was commissioned by NHS GGC as part of the Mental Health Strategy.

  • Engaging Vulnerable Adolescents in Research £29. 900). This study has recently been completed and is in the process of being written up for dissemination.

This work with adolescents links with the study grant awarded from the Carnegie Trust to go to the Adolescent Research Institute in Melbourne Australia.


Unfunded studies:

  • Rural Midwifery Education in Scotland and New Zealand: A comparative study
  1.  Phase one involved an online questionnaire to all community midwives working in each country.   This phase was completed in May 2016 and is currently being analysed.
  2.   Phase two involved an online discussion board and this is currently ongoing.


UWS and NHS Ayrshire & Arran (Occupational Health department)

  1. Community participation study to improve the health of non-professional workers.

Desired research direction

Areas for future research focus includes further studies involving adolescence, mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan including the NHS workforce, physiological process related to pregnancy and reproduction (interdisciplinary), exploring the impact of UNICEF breastfeeding standards of education within everyday practice and work focussing on the ‘early years’ work in the NHS.

Target collaborative organisations

Marie Curie Funding opportunities for palliative care wellbeing, Carnegie grant for health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups in Scotland, funding to be sought for a range of potential studies.

External positions

Adjunct Professor of Midwifery, Auckland University of Technology

1 Jun 201731 May 2012


  • L Education (General)
  • Midwifery
  • RT Nursing
  • Children

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Research Output 2008 2019

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The effects of interacting with fish in aquariums on human health and well-being: a systematic review

Clements, H., Valentin, S., Jenkins, N., Rankin, J., Baker, J. S., Gee, N., Snellgrove, D. & Sloman, K., 29 Jul 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 7, 36 p., e0220524.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
aquarium fish
systematic review
human health
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A woman's hand and a lion's heart: skills and attributes for rural midwifery practice in New Zealand and Scotland

Gilkison, A., Rankin, J., Kensington, M., Daellenbach, R., Davies, L., Deery, R. & Crowther, S., 1 Mar 2018, In : Midwifery. 58, p. 109-116

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
New Zealand
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Living with an indwelling urethral catheter in a community setting: exploring triggers for unscheduled community nurse ‘out of hours’ visits

MacKay, W., MacIntosh, T., Kydd, A., Fleming, A., O'Kane, C., Shepherd, A., Hagen, S., Williams, C., Rodgers, F., MacLachlan, M., Galbraith, R., Rankin, J. & McIver, V., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 3-4, p. 866-875

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Urinary Catheters
Indwelling Catheters
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‘Living the rural experience- preparation for practice’: the future proofing of sustainable rural midwifery practice through midwifery education

Kensington, M., Rankin, J., Gilkison, A., Daellenbach, R., Davies, L., Deery, R. & Crowther, S., 1 Jul 2018, In : Nurse Education in Practice. 31, p. 143-150

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Anaemia and clotting disorders

Rankin, J., 30 Mar 2017, Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences. Rankin, J. (ed.). 4th ed. Elsevier B.V., p. 343-352

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



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